Posted on Friday 26th Aug 2011 at 4:00 PM UTC

Microsoft announces Halo: Anniversary 3D mode

"If you've got the tech, you definitely want to take advantage of it," says 343

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is set to feature a stereoscopic 3D mode on Xbox 360, Microsoft has announced.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Screenshot
CVG got a sneak peak at the mode at Gamescom last week, where new Halo house 343 Industries showed off the game's rebuilt Guilty Spark level with a pair of 3D glasses attached to our faces.

It's definitely one of the better 3D modes we've seen in action on current-gen consoles, with the chief's monstrously overpowered magnum recoiling out of the screen.

"If you've got the technology you definitely want to take advantage of it," said 343's Dennis Reis.

"Guilty Spark is a fun level to show 3D because you're in the jungle, you've got foliage going by, plasma bolts flying over your head... it's a fun way to increase the immersion of the game and again if you've got the technology, you definitely want to take advantage of it."

Halo joins a small - yet growing - list of 3D Xbox 360 games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crysis 2 and just-announced addition Gears of War 3.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is due out on November 15. Have a look at the latest footage.

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6 comments so far...

  1. middle finger on 26 Aug '11 said:

    Nice.

  2. humanhand on 27 Aug '11 said:

    I'm a little out of the loop. I didn't think MS was doing any 3D yet.

  3. djreplay on 27 Aug '11 said:

    They can do 3D but it's not that great at the moment because most 360's have hdmi 1.2 meaning there isn't enough bandwidth to carry the 3D signal at a high resolution.

  4. chunkysatsuma on 27 Aug '11 said:

    So apparently this is one of the best 3D on consoles from the few previews I have read.

    Oh well it makes sense I guess, Microsoft aint pushing for 3D as its still in such low demand but each feature they add to Halo HD makes it feel less cheap cash in and more worthwhile purchase. (Though sadly I do not own a 3D tv lol)

  5. veato on 28 Aug '11 said:

    They can do 3D but it's not that great at the moment because most 360's have hdmi 1.2 meaning there isn't enough bandwidth to carry the 3D signal at a high resolution.

    There's many different ways to display 3D without necessarily using the 1.4 spec. There are examples of 3D cross-platform games running better on the 360.

    This is an interesting read

  6. Alex Atkin UK on 2 Nov '11 said:

    Outputting 3D using the HDMI 1.4 functionality is not all its cracked up to be, for gaming, as you are limited to 1080p at 24fps or 720p at 60fps. So its only practical use is 720p (1280x720).

    On the other hand if you do what many games on Xbox do and use SBS encoding (split the screen into two and output both view points simultaniously) then theoretically you could have 960x1080 or 1920x540 (if you use top to bottom) at 60fps.

    This is relevant due to the Xbox GPU having dedicated upscaling hardware. So while a game is unlikely to be rendering 1080p natively its possible it will be rendering a higher resolution than the PS3 version can, because it gets to upscale to 1080 for free whereas the PS3 has a lot more work to do.

    In my experience Xbox games look better on my TV than PS3 games most of the time anyway due to the above. Because too many PS3 games still only run at 720p forcing my TV to do a terrible job of upscaling the image. On Xbox however, it does the upscaling so it doesn't matter if your TV sucks at doing it. Basically, you get more consistent picture quality from one TV to the next on Xbox than you do with PS3.